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obama compromise. even on the hot button public option but on afghanistan, the middle is a muddle. it's either fight the taliban with all we've got or clear out. making his mark. when the debate ends, will the health care fight mark a new american direction in social policy? will his call in afghanistan be a trumpet blast or a fog horn? the change of seasons. last november, the country bought the chase for change. we were the change we've been waiting for but this november, some say they're still waiting. can the obama white house ever be as good as his campaign? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. katty kay covers washington for the british broadcasting corporation. howard fineman is senior washington correspondent at "newsweek." mary jordan covers politics at "the washington post." and mark whitaker is washington bureau chief for nbc news. first up, for president obama, this autumn may well the story of his first year and perhaps of his entire term. coming straight at a critical turning point from the two standout issues before the country. our future in afghanistan, and a cure
. so what is obama to do to keep his big coalition? does he leave his left on the war and health and side in the middle? how does he keep things together when things have changed? how does he dance with the ones that brought him if they're different dances? losing face, bowing to the emperor, getting his speech jammed in china, trying terrorists in new york. is barack obama showing the kind of weakness that gets dreams? trouble? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. norah o'donnell is the chief correspondent for msnbc. anne kornblut, joe klein and david ignatius. first up president obama is facing three crushing diffulties, health care, the economy, and afghanistan. he is down to about 50% approval in the polls. that's completely due to his loss of independent voters. they have left him in droves. so for a president in need of support, what is the smart political move with independents on those three biggest issues? first let's take health care. since april, the president has lost independent voters on the key part of his agenda in big numbers. in april, just 25% of independen
of sentist democrats. president obama is pushing for health care reform at a time of great draket skittishness. this week the republican leadership was playing on hose worries. >> this bill is the greatest threat to freedom that i have seen in the 19 years i've been here in washington. chris: some of the moderate democrats certainly follow elections and they remember august town meetings. here's what louisiana democrat mary landrieu heard in her town hall. >> in this bill, h.r.-3200 and others similar tomato, it takes away our freedom. this is not about health care. this is about growing -- [applause] >> there is an appropriate time for appropriate government rules and regulations. audience: boo! chris: and no doubt democrat klara mccaskill, a sentist from move hasn't forgotten about the same kind of defiance at her hometown in sthrulls. -- st. louis. >> you don't trust snow chris: what's worrying the moderates right now is the loss of the independent voter. independents were the backbone of obama's sweep last year. in the recent nbc news poll, the overall support for obama was 52
the end of september. through this past wednesday, president obama has held nine major meetings onhe matr. while he has tossed and turned over the war, at least that decision is up to him alone. not so health care. democrats are caught in the great civil war on how to end that battle. nancy pelosi found a three-vote margin to pass the bill out of the house. there is no clear way to the 60 votes they need in the senate. all these months and no clear path to obama's prime goal for the year. mike, that's the question. how is he doing it? >> you get out the old recipe for passing unprecedented legislation, prayer, good luck charms, a visitation by bill clinton this week to rally the troops and old fashioned political muscle applied inside the democratic party to get this thing passed. it's a hard lift. lots of tests to come. the plan now is to get it through the senate by christmas so they can conference it possibly by state of the union. chris: did the president make a mistake by letting the congress over all these months, you do it, i'll cheerlead. was that a mistake? >> you look back at th
this way. >> i can hear you. >> the time for change has come. chris: obama's war. he didn't start it but he's got to finish it. how do we go in strong enough to win but agree we're going to leave? a constant war? what's it like for this president knowing he's destined to command two wars that will bleed one into the future? can he lead a domestic fight to push our country forward? with the daily news of soldiers dying? and finally, two running for number two? hillary has been more hawkish on the war, tougher on pakistan, warmer on israel and pushed back running for governor in 2010, what about v.p. in 2012. hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. anne kornblut covers the white house for "the washington post." andrea mitchell is chief foreign affairs corresponde for nbc news and david i go flashese is a "washington post" -- david ignatius is a "washington post" columnist. is the president prepared to take fire from the left and right flanks at home? his decision has been months in the making and the president told nbc news he plans to make his announcement clear. >> i'm confident at the
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